Nov 19, 2012 9:39am
Re: New Yorker Article
A sprawling and ambitious piece, with admirable attention to detail. Thanks for the link!
"Yet it’s probably safe to say that the Dead have more recorded music in circulation than any performing group in history. (History, admittedly, is short. If there’d been such a thing as a Nakamichi 700 tape deck in eighteenth-century Leipzig, people might be trading bootlegs of Bach performing his own fugues: “St. Thomas’s Church, 5/8/39, Johann rips on the ‘Little’—epic!”)"
He's no member of the Bob Weir fan club:
"They were generally without sex appeal. Bob Weir, their showman and heartthrob, might be said to be an exception, but he spent much of the eighties performing in short cutoff jean shorts and lavender tank tops—a sight even more troubling, I’d submit, than that of Garcia circa 1984, drooling on his microphone as he fought off the nods."
"The early and mid-eighties are problematic. Garcia’s health fell to pieces...... Weir once told me, when I asked him about those days, “I was carrying Garcia like a rented mule!” That’s not how it sounded to me."
In contrast, he's clearly and oddly smitten with Lesh:
"Perhaps because of his musical education and his exacting mind, Phil Lesh has been the band member most concerned about how the Dead come across on their live releases."
Weird then how he goes on to quote Phil as saying he hasn't listened to a minute of the complete Europe '72 Tour release and finds evaluating old tapes for potential release 'boring.'
He's hilariously self-deprecating, as when he compares himself to a trekkie cornering Leonard Nimoy at a convention, and when he slips his favorite tape in on a road trip with Lemieux and DL talks over it while driving as if it wasn't playing. Hah!
It meandered a bit (though through all right places) and seemed to close to a bit of a non-finish but a very fun read.